Dragnet to English Dictionary - Back in the 1950s there
was a proliferation of police shows using police codes and
jargon to heighten the authenticity of the programs.
magazine published a spoof (July 3, 1953) of these codes called
a "Dragnet-to-English Dictionary" with the caption "Surprise you
friends, Understand Jack Webb!"
Jack Webb as police detective
Sgt. Joe Friday was famous for such phrases as "My name's
Friday... I'm a cop", and "Just the facts, Ma'am."
See also - LANGUAGE
& PHRASES: "Cop Lingo"
Examples of codes used both on the DRAGNET/NBC/1951-59/1967-70
and ADAM-12/NBC/1968-75 police shows included:
Code 3 - Emergency call using siren and red
Code 390 - Drunk
Code 415 - Disturbing the Peace
Code 459 - Burglary
Fish - New man in prison
High Power Tank - Heavy
bonded prisoner holding cell
Small Fry Pushers - Narcotic peddlers
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